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Blues through as Elphick sinks Shipley

(October 13, 2018)

Sidley United 1 - 0 TD Shipley - Sussex FA Intermediate Cup First Round

Sidley United progressed to the Second Round of the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup after seeing off West Sussex side TD Shipley thanks to Ashley Elphick's first half goal. 

It was the visitors who produced the first good opportunity early on as they drove a shot across goal. But that would prove their most threatening moment and after that Sidley raised their game and started to pressure the Shipley defence. 

On 28 minutes the scoring was opened as Danny Ellis did well on the goal-line and rolled the ball across to Elphick to tap home from barely a yard out. 

Good chances continued to come Sidley's way with both Zac McEniry and Sean Baldwin failing to convert decent opportunities. 

The pattern continued in the second half as Sidley created a number of chances but couldn't find the goal that would have made the afternoon more comfortable and given a truer reflection of the contest. 

The game became a bit more physical and Rosh Wells had to receive treatment for a bloody nose as the visitors looked to try and compete but still chances came Sidley's way and on another day Baldwin may well have claimed a hat trick. 

In the end though the single goal proved to be enough with Shipley unable to seriously test the Blues defence. Sidley will face West Chiltington in the Second Round. 

Sidley Team: Langley-Fineing, Walker, Hempe, Funnell, Cole, Wells, Carey, Ellis, Elphick (Eldridge), McEniry (Day), Baldwin. 

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